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After you log on to AuthorAdvance, one of the first things you’ll want to do is complete your User Profile. Your User Profile contains information about yourself and allows other users to find you based on your interests and experience. Once you tell people who you are, you'll also want to let them know what you're up to, and for that, you'll need to know how to set your Status.

Tip: You can share as little or as much information as you like. If you'd rather not complete a field, just leave it blank. AuthorAdvance will not display sensitive personal information, such as your email or physical address.

Updating Your Profile

To access your profile, click on the "My Account" link in the left navigation menu, or just click on your user image (which displays just beneath the AuthorAdvance logo.) From there, click on the Edit tab at the top of your profile. This will bring you to a series of pages that allow you to control your information on the site.

The first page, called "Account", lets you change your basic account settings, such as your password, address, time zone, and notifications preferences. The majority of these settings are never seen by other users, with the exception of your user picture and your user name, both of which can be changed at any time.

The next page, called "Profile" is where the real fun happens. This page, not surprisingly, is where you enter the information that appears on your User Profile. Here you can post a description, indicate whether you are a writer, an agent or a publisher, and post links to any websites or offsite blogs you might have. You can also list your Favorite Writers, Interests, and Areas of Expertise, which are categories that other users can search on to find you in the results.

Tip: When you enter a list, such as your Favorite Writers or Areas of Expertise, be sure to enter them as separate terms, separated by commas. Also be sure to avoid entering complete sentences, or words like "and" and "or". The system will catalogue your entries and re-arrange them in alphabetical order, to make them more easily searchable.

Setting Your Status

Now that your profile is in order, you might want to take a moment to let other users know what you're up to right now. It could be a quick note about what you're working on, something you're doing, or just whatever's on your mind. You can do this by updating your status.

Your status is a short message that appears alongside your name in the Forums, on your profile, and nearly everywhere else your user image appears. To change it, just start typing in the box in the left sidebar below your user image on any page. Press enter, and your status is immediately updated. If you've registered a Twitter account (at the Twitter page underneath the Edit tab on your Account), you can also choose to have your status cross-posted to your Twitter feed.

You can update your status as often as you like. You're only limited by what you can fit into 140 characters.

Now that you've shared some information about yourself, you might want to share some of your ideas and experiences as well. Find out how to create Articles and Blogs in our next topic, Creating Articles and Blogs.